Contributing writer

Theodore J. Gioia

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Making the Case for the American Story

There is an inherent prejudice in literary culture against the story as a lesser art form than the novel.


A Second Look at Comedy in Twain

“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is undoubtedly a classic of American literature, but too often literary scholarship tries to defend every aspect of a masterpiece as a successful aesthetic decision of the author.


Humor Reveals a Road to Faulkner

The ability to appreciate the comedic aspects of any great novel can expose new dimensions of a book’s complexities.


Studying 'American Pastoral' to Understand 'The Road'

Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” is one of the few recent novels that has achieved commercial as well as critical success.


Leaving The Great Books Unfinished

I’ve accumulated a pretty impressive list of books that I’ve stopped reading. In fact, my growing catalog rivals many lists of the greatest novels ever written.

Massachusetts Hall

Graduate Students Start Movement To Unionize

Central Administration

Amidst Title IX Debate, Law Faculty Raise Governance Concerns

John Stilgoe Office

John Stilgoe’s Secret History

Big States, Little States

Beyond Boston: Regional Diversity at Harvard